The Gen Z And Minimalism


By Miracle Adebayo

“ Less is more…”

In a world where advantages and disadvantages are struggling to keep their balance between each other, lifestyle has become a disperse variant holding on to different aspect and pattern of the world.  As some believe, we are now in an opportunistic world so it is important to make use of every possible opportunity to live a life of impact and gather wealth. Some also believe that learning to make a balance of living is very importance regardless of the disposition of opportunity one is exposed to. Hence the importance of a minimalist lifestyle.

In a simple definition and description, we would define minimalism as the purest form of simplicity and clarity. It has to do with intentionally possessing fewer possessions which is usually the only things needed and not in excess leaving out excess possessions to focus on the things that matters the most. Emphasizing on the pursuit of experiences, relationships, and personal growth over the restless accumulation of possessions, minimalism is not just about decluttering being wealthy but a lifestyle choice that revolves around less is more.

However, dealing with our Gen Z generation who seems to consider things from different perspective and understanding; how well do we welcome minimalism? In an era characterized by constant connectivity and continuous buzz of information, the minimalist lifestyle is experiencing a form of resurgence especially among the gen Z. The gen z born between the late 1990s and early 2010s are proving to be a generation that prioritizes simplicity and living intentionally over the clutter of the world’s materialism.

Born into a world where technology is woven into the fabric of daily life, the Gen Z grew up in the age of smartphones, social media, and instant connectivity. They are known for their progressive thinking, inclusivity, and innate drive to male positive impact on the world by reshaping their values and beliefs. The Gen Z has successfully influenced their system in a way that minimalism has given a shape to their lifestyle in different dimensions.

This current era of technology and digitalization is a current proof of minimalism in the lifestyle of the Gen Z. Recognizing the overwhelming nature of the digital age, they embrace the principles of digital minimalism by curating their online presence and at the same time taking a break to focus on the real-world interactions and self-reflections. They have been able to manage these available resources of technology in a way that it sieves out the disadvantages and helps them regulate the advantages.

“Because it is made available all of the time

Does not indicate no disadvantages” 

Not just effecting on digitalism alone, the Gen Z has also bring in minimalism in other part of their lifestyle which has contributed effectively to their sustainable living, mindful consumption of materials things, focus on life experiences, financial independence, community relationship, and work-life balance.

Focusing on what truly matters and fostering a sense of purpose in a world filled with distractions, The Gen Z have found a way to embrace minimalism as a way to navigates the complexities of modern life; influencing the cultural norms, and reshaping the society. It is of no argument that minimalist mindset offers a promising path towards a simpler and more intentional future.             




Adekunle Famuyiwa

An avid writer, campus Journalist, researcher and budding Lawyer. Currently a 500-level student of Law at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, and the Editor-In-Chief of Observers Mag

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